There seems to be a lot of mystery and misconceptions around the salt lamp. Here lately, it seems they’ve really started gaining in popularity. The big question is, can they really improve your health? Here’s what you need to know.
Real salt lamps are hand-carved from solid blocks of Himalayan salt from underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan. The reason they are called Himalayan salt lamps is due to the location of the mines just west of the Himalayan mountains.
Depending on the mineral concentration, the color of a Himalayan salt lamp ranges from light pink to a pinkish orange Within the hollowed-out center of this block of salt is a light bulb that emits both light and heat.
In general it is believed that salt lamps provide the following benefits:
- Hygroscopic – meaning it attracts water
- Helps loosens excessive mucus
- Removes pathogens (ie., airborne pollen)
One of the best benefits to a salt lamp is it’s hygroscopic properties. Small amounts of water vapor is present in the air and can carry things like mold, bacteria, and allergens. Salt lamps attract this water vapor along with the things it carries and removes them from the air.
Another great benefit is the soothing color. Many doctors say their soft orange hue boosts our mood and energy levels especially those with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
I personally have had salt lamps for years. I especially like them in the bathroom and bedrooms. Whether they truly provide good health is still argued, but I for one am a believer!